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Barts boycotts Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is looming, for some it is a day to indulge in and be spoilt, for others it is that last minute tacky card and flowers from a garage, and for others it is a day to be dreaded as you drown your sorrows in the nearest bar. Well this year Barts have had enough, they are boycotting celebrating just Valentine’s Day rather the speakeasy styled bar is running a month of good old fashioned, laid back fun. They have installed a secret message board on the French windows where you can write your secrets, tell your loved how much they […]

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Inn-ovation Within Ancient Walls

Although The Spaniards Inn has recently reopened following renovation, don’t expect a great visual transformation. This is a pub that’s received a behind-the-scenes makeover; think of a car having a new engine installed. As The Spaniards was built in 1585, hardly any actual renovation is permitted – instead the money has mostly been spent on exceptional training for staff and the reworking of the menu into a culinary masterpiece. The venue still exists as an ancient and rustic pub, but this appearance veils a seamless operation that’s on par with a high quality restaurant – waiters are efficient and endlessly charming, with great conversation […]

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B.Y.O.C.

A unique hidden cocktail bar launches in Covent Garden today. And it doesn’t sell alcohol. Intrigued? You might well be. This tiny nook of a cocktail bar hidden away in the depths of Bedfordbury Street in Covent Garden is an entirely new concept and BYOC stands for Bring Your Own Cocktails. With absolutely no alcohol available to buy on the premises, guests are invited to bring their own favourite tipple, for the mixologist to create a little something bespoke to a backdrop of exposed brickwork, an original fireplace, gramophone and vintage signs from the 1920s, B.Y.O.C. lies behind a discreet […]

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Anna Hansen at Harrods

Launching today Harrods will be welcoming The Modern Pantry and Anna Hansen as ‘Chef of the Season’ for Spring 2013 to its Food Hall. For three months The Modern Pantry will be offering exclusively to Harrods a selection of takeaway meals and a range of condiments, spices and pantry goods.  The Modern Pantry’s fresh foods can be purchased at the counter in the traiteur section of the Food Hall as individual dishes or complete meals for dinner parties at home. Starters include Jasmine tea-smoked salmon with black garlic, liquorice & macadamia crust, tomatillo salsa, mains feature Rose marinated poussin with […]

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Amanzi Tea

This month sees the launch of Amanzi Tea with the opening of its first international flagship tea bar and retail space on New Cavendish Street. The company, originating from the US combines the heritage of tea-making with modern techniques and a new and interactive retail and tea bar experience. No, the irony of a US concern bringing a tea bar to GB isn’t lost on us either but with the name  Amanzi meaning water in the Southern African dialect of Zulu (a reference to the heritage of the original founders), it’s suitably multicultural, and, with a marble topped bar and […]

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Cheese and Wine Pairing at Orrery

With an award winning cheese trolley and extensive wine list, you know that Orrery’s cheese and wine pairing evening this Thursday is going to be a great event and a perfect start to their series of monthly tastings.  Head sommelier Kathrine Larsen and cheese expert Anthony Schepper will be giving an insight to their favourite cheese and wine pairings such as the wonderful match of the ever popular Comté cheese paired with Blanc de Blanc champagne. With 10% off the a la carte menu afterwards there is no reason not to enjoy dinner in the main restaurant after the event.  […]

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Ponchos at the gym

Healthy Mexican fast food mini chain, Poncho 8 has joined forces with Fitness First offering gym members on-going discounts health-focused food items, including the Slo-carb box and Salad box. In return, customers at Poncho8’s St. Paul’s location will receive a week’s Fitness First membership free of charge. Come March, Poncho8, is set to add a City branch to its three existing sites and has secured investment to open 20 stores by the end of 2014 so we’re hoping so see some more central openings in the not too distant. www.poncho8.com

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Love London

Langham Fizz Magic Rose cocktails in Artesian with Laurent-Perrier Rose; Cherish Finden’s sugar and spice tea at Palm Court; dinner for two at Roux at The Landau with Spit Roast fillet of Hereford beef and Chuan Spa indulgence packages in luxe double treatment rooms: they've got it covered. www.langhamhotels.com …and breathe at Corinthia Enjoy a glass of Laurent-Perrier and Sensory Afternoon Tea featuring a red velvet dome of milk chocolate mousse and cherry compote finished with a red velvet chocolate spray, £45pp, while you inhale the aphrodisiac vanilla bourbon scent of Roja Dove’s bespoke candle. www.corinthia.com/London Cast a spell at […]

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Fashionable and Fearless Cocktails

London Fashion Week this year won’t be purely about the catwalk. Corinthia Hotel London promises to add to the hype in the capital with ‘The London Collection’, a brand new selection of cocktails to be served in Bassoon, Corinthia’s chic and intimate bar – featuring a glossy seven-metre long piano! Head barman Mario la Pietra has crafted a fashion-inspired series of drinks, using only the finest quality ingredients and an exquisite spirits library. The collection celebrates the most stylish destinations in the capital, with creations such as ‘The Savile Row Stitch-up’; Dewars 12 stirred with Lustau East India sherry, Pierre […]

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Les Misérables – a triumph from stage to screen

If you haven’t already been make sure you go see Les Misérables before its cinema run is finished. It seems to be the marmite of films at the moment – with most critics praising it to the heavens and the small majority loathing it. Ignore the latter – it’s hard to not love Les Misérables. It’s not only worth it for Anne Hathaway’s infamous version of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ which could – and indeed has – made grown men cry, but for other emotional numbers from Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. Hugh Jackman is worthy of his Oscar nomination […]

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Carnival at Guanabara

Make like you’re in Brazil this February. The Rio carnival is coming to town at Covent Garden's Brazilian hotspot, Guanabara complete with dazzling colours, pounding beats, and all the sultry heat of the real thing. The six day party starts Thursday 7 February when the venue will host a variety of events, from live percussion bands and samba dance parades to a huge carnival masked party. With show stopping performances, delicious Brazilian street food and the best rum cocktails and ice cold Brahmas in town, Guanabara will be hosting the week’s hottest happenings. And to give guests the energy to party […]

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Welcoming back The Spaniards Inn

If you’re a fan of history, pubs, or both – you’ll be excited by the re-opening of one of the oldest pubs in the city: The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead. Built in 1585, this ancient venue is perhaps one of the most myth-soaked buildings in London, reputedly hosting legendary figures Dick Turpin, John Keats, Charles Dickens and Lord Byron, amongst others. After all those years, no wonder the place was in need of a lick of paint or two – it has now been sensitively restored, meeting the new year with a new look and a re-vamped menu. Old English leather banquettes […]

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